The leaves are falling from the trees, and the air is nippy and chill. Then the “golden ticket” day arrives. It’s not Christmas or Thanksgiving — it is Halloween.
This is the golden ticket day for any woman who wants to dress as sexy as it gets. The one day a year we get a “judgment-free pass.”
According to an October 2012 column in The Falcon by Kate Morgan, only insecure, low self-esteem women dress sexy on Halloween. I disagree.
As women, we know that even on this golden ticket of a day, people are still not going to give us that judgment-free pass. People are still going to judge the scandalous outfits, no matter what. Whether out of envy or conservative values, scantily clad women, especially on Halloween, will always be a controversial topic.
Knowing that, before Halloween begins, ladies still choose to dress sexy, but it is not a desperate cry for attention.
I have seen many women go out on Halloween, some dressed sexy, others not. But even the women who aren’t dressed sexy are looking for attention, that’s why they dressed up in a costume in the first place.
The whole point of Halloween is to dress up, and that alone will draw attention. Just because a woman’s costume is sexy, is she automatically insecure? No. That’s an outrageous claim based upon faulty assumptions.
In the article last year, Morgan mentioned that once a woman puts on the sexy French maid outfit, she loses herself:
“As soon as a woman does this, however, she loses herself at the same time.
She loses everything she stands for because she is basing her self-worth on the superficial attention given by men. She loses it all just for the desperate cry for attention.” To say that dressing in a sexy Halloween costume is a desperate cry for attention is a huge assumption.
In the New York Times, Pat Gill, interim director of the Institute of Communications Research and professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois, claimed that sometimes sexualizing a costume is just female humor. Gill mentioned that “the humor gives you a sense of power and confidence that just being sexy doesn’t.”
Nothing is wrong with getting a little attention for dressing up in a costume on Halloween. There is no loss of morals or self-worth.
The purpose is not to be a human sex toy or seen as an object, but just to enjoy the night when you can be whomever or whatever you want to be.
It’s the golden ticket night where we should get a pass if we want to dress scandalous.
To the women who want to dress up for Halloween, do whatever makes you comfortable! Have a good night dressed up as a sexy bunny, cat or even panda. This does not mean that women are insecure.
It’s OK to go out and look hot. As women, we don’t need men’s hoots and hollers to tell us we look hot. We saw that when we looked in the mirror before we left the house.
We already had enough confidence to put on the outfit and leave the house with it. So obviously we already think we look fantastic.
Women shouldn’t have to feel ashamed of their bodies, and they shouldn’t have to fear being called degrading names for doing so.